Go camping for $10!

This week I hired out my tent for a night to a guy going with a group of friends to Castlepoint.

I made $10 but more importantly he got a tent for the night for just $10. He didn’t have to buy one ( $169) or not go with his friends. He was happy he got good value and I was happy I made $10 from something that would otherwise just be sitting in my garage.

This is Hire Things at its best- people sharing resources making and saving money while doing something positive for the environment.

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Its not Easy being Green

It’s not easy being green.

Kermit had it right – it really isn’t. We’re surrounded by consumerism and our busy lifestyles want us to make quick but not necessarily the best choices and does one person really have any effect?

Well – yes! There are thing’s even busy everyday people can do to make a difference

–         Recycle more

–         Share resources – you don’t have to buy every thing you need

–         Be energy efficient – eco bulbs, turn off electronics, less hot water

Lots of people making little changes can have a big impact on the world we are leaving to our children. Think about it – what could you be doing?

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I might need it one day…

January is  just the perfect time to de-clutter the house – the latest buzzword for sorting out your stuff!

You can start small – drawer by drawer and progress to room by room.  My husband has started sorting through 20yrs of accumulated stuff and the kids are getting into it too. Despite moving countries several times he has still managed to move things we don’t use with him!

There’s the throw out pile, the donate pile but then there’s that “I might need it one day and I’m not ready to part with it” pile… and we all have one of those.

Do you ruthlessly chuck it out? Sell it on Trade Me for a fraction of its value?

This is where Hire Things comes in. List your things for hire then you get to keep them and continue to get value from them by hiring them out to others in your community and making some extra cash. It makes good economic and environmental sense.

Who knows maybe you might take up surfing again….

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What’s in your garage?



Do you still have the kids stuff they out grew but your still not ready to part with?

Do you have lots of tools but not the one you need right now?

A garage full of things you might use again one day?

Today is the day you get to put them to use. Dust them off, check they works and list them on Hire Things for people in your neighbourhood to hire. You don’t need to sell it and your neighbour doesn’t need to buy one.

You make money, he saves money and you both do positive things for the environment!

So, what are you waiting for? List your lawnmower, hedge trimmer, tent, pram and surfboard – pretty much anything really!

The next time you plan a project, think about your wallet and the environment, check out what you can hire before rushing off to buy and add to that already very full garage….

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Q & A with Hire Things CEO Iona Elwood-Smith

Iona

I recently did an interview with the fabulous Charlotte Squires editor of Happyzine.

It was great fun and I hope gives some insights into Hire Things as well as the opportunity to meet me as a person!

There are questions such as where our inspiration came from, challenges we face,  our grand vision for Hire Things as well as how I juggle life as a mother of three as well as being CEO of a high growth company!

Check it out here – its a great article.

Let me know what you think or if you have any other questions for me.

Always happy to hear from you.

Iona

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Cut CO2 Emmissions – Hire don’t Buy

A recent report put out on climate change has called for a fifth of all household spending to be converted to hiring and renting. The report along with current trends of consumers questioning their spending is great news for New Zealand’s Hire Things who are ideally placed to take advantage of this new consciousness.

Commissioned by the British government the Waste & Resources Action Programme (Wrap) says that overcoming our obsession with owning goods could be a “secret weapon” in meeting climate change targets.

“This is the first piece of research which shows the significant impact to the economy and the environment resource efficiency has said Liz Goodwin, WRAP CEO.

The report identifies £143 billion of annual expenditure on goods that could have been used for longer instead of throwing them away early and buying new products. Using items for their full lifespan could save British consumers £47 billion a year.

By Sharing seldom used products with a number of people, the productivity of the product will be increased and the consumption of natural resources in the production stage reduced

Hiring instead of buying would cut emissions by about 2 per cent, of CO2 a year, through a fall in manufacturing and lower consumption of raw materials.

The research has important messages on the reduction of ownership of goods and getting lifetime optimization from our purchases.

“Why would anyone want to own that many things anyway? We need to have the confidence that we can get things when we need them but we don’t need to have them sitting beside us every day. Said Liz Goodwin, WRAP CEO

What’s exciting for New Zealand is that we can take immediate action. Hire Things, already well established in the online hiring space is growing rapidly in consumer to consumer hiring. Hiring to and from each other within a community makes it easy to hire products you need with out having to buy them. Not everyone in the street needs to own a lawnmower, trailer or a tent. By sharing resources in this way you get much higher value from the things you own and purchases can be better quality, getting their lifetime use before becoming landfill.

Hire Things already has 8000+ members making a difference not just to their own wallets but to the environment and the economy too.

The WRAP report

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Hire Things Launches it’s Connecting Communities Programme

We have just launched our Connecting Communities Programme. The programme allows schools, clubs, community groups and charities to raise funds with Hire Things. As mother with 3 kids at 3 different schools, I know the difficulties faced by many groups continually having to fundraise. Personally I’m all sausage sizzled out and dread the chocolates coming home to be eaten mainly by me…

We wanted to come up with something that worked for everyone, that wasn’t continually dipping into members pockets; we all have lots of expenses. When I took over recently as CEO it was one of my goals to find a way we could work with community groups to help this problem.

So we are now donating 1.5% of hire fees to community groups. Anyone listing things for hire with us will be able to select the school/group they support and that’s where our donation will go. The more supporters a group gets the greater the potential income for them.

Churton Park School will be running our pilot for schools and we are very excited to be working with them

We feel the Connecting Communities Programme fits well with our overall strategy to build the concept of hiring and sharing resources within communities. That by hiring in what they need and hiring out what they have, people can make and save money as well as doing something positive for the environment and their community.

We are very pleased to welcome Enviroschools to our programme. As a group teaching our children how to care for our planet we felt they were very aligned with our company values.

We are also working with Plunket to list their car seats nationwide through Hire Things completely free of charge.

Anyone interested in this programme can contact me directly iona@hirethings.co.nz

We plan to make a difference, one community at a time.

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An invitation …to start making a difference!

An invitation…..

..…to start making a difference!

In our changing world the current economy along with environmental concerns has led us to question our spending and look to be smarter about what we buy and what we own.

There are things we need occasionally and there are people with things they only use occasionally.

Hire things gives you an online community where you can easily and safely hire in what you need and hire out what you have.

By sharing resources through Hire Things you can
o    Make money from your idle assets,
o    Save money by hiring instead of buying,
o    Live the lifestyle you want now
o    Meet people in your community
o    Make a difference to the environment.

At Hire Things we have just launched our new home page that better reflects our message and company values.

We invite you to think hire instead of buy and make a difference to your wallet, your community and your environment.

Register on Hire Things through December and go into 2 weekly draws for a Mr Vintage t-shirt and movie pass. It’s quick and easy.

Forward this invitation to your friends, colleagues and people you meet in the street  – we can all make a difference, pass it on!

Kind regards, Iona
CEO
http://www.hirethings.co.nz


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October 2009 supplier’s update

You can read our latest update here.

In this issue

  • New Things (Iona takes top job!)
  • Some great numbers (traffic and business just keeps on growing)
  • Your storefronts now improved (category browsing in Hire Things supplier storefront)
  • The daily shuffle! Get your listings in the top results! (get your listings to the top!)
  • Tell us your Story (stories, quotes, testimonials, we wanna hear 🙂
  • October 2009 Suppliers' Update

    October 2009 Suppliers' Update

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    Chair covers – who knew?

    Beach_wedding2

    My first introduction to chair covers was joining Hire Things. I’d never even heard of them before that. O f course I got married 15yrs ago so that might have something to do with it…

    We had several listed on Hire Things that were being hired out with astonishing frequency. What was this all about? I did some research!

    I found that chair covers are used to …

    Hide  worn and tired chairs

    Add elegance and create an amazing atmosphere

    Unify the room and create a complete look that all works together.

    Transform everyday rooms ( or beaches) into amazing places!

    Well there you go, now I know. My wedding in the very utilitarian local yacht club could certainly have benefited from a transformation!

    They certainly make a difference to your venue that table clothes and flowers only start and aren’t just for weddings. You can totally glam up any event instantly by ordering the complete package.

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    There’s a rainbow of colours available as well as different designs and textures – I’m quite partial to these paua coloured ones myself. You can find the right style to fit for your chairs

    Starting from $4 each you can get them delivered and even put on the chairs for you, a bargain!

    Satin-Stripe-Chair-Covers

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